At some point in their lives, many people feel they have been rejected and forgotten. They may see friends and family members go on to lead fulfilling lives and believe such a life will never come to them. Their lives are filled with a sense of rejection, whether real or imagined.
Author Dennis R. McLeod understands that feeling and shares it in Small Beginnings. Because of the verbal abuse he suffered as a child and being told he would never amount to anything, plus a marriage and divorce at age thirty-three, he suffered very badly from rejection.
Even though he achieved much, the feeling of rejection remained. This is the story of the journey that started when-unbeknown to Dennis-God took him as a fifteen-year-old and started training and equipping him for the future. Dennis shares how God used him to minister in several countries, as well as pastor a church in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The truth is God is there for us, but we are sometimes so tied up in our situations that we cannot hear His voice calling us. Small Beginnings shows how our lives can be turned around and fulfilled if we stop and listen to what God has planned for us. We are never truly rejected when we know and have faith in God's love.
Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance shares the remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie "BLOOD DIAMOND" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. That movie brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which "blood" diamonds, also known as "conflict" diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities.
Two decades before the rebel war Thomas Johnson, a pilot from Minnesota, was employed to fly boxes of gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London. This pilot met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America.
Along the way Francis had many harrowing experiences, including crossing the Sahara Desert, which almost cost him his life. His challenges continued in Italy, Greece, and finally in America. In the end, Francis became aware that his real voice that has emerged through all his trials and tribulations is one of deep faith, and gratitude for God's miracles and wonders in his life.